In Debut Start, Snider Streaks To Daytona Xfinity Pole

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Myatt Snider with the pole flag at Daytona Int'l Speedway on Saturday. (HHP/Alan Marler photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ahead of his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, Myatt Snider captured the pole for the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 on Saturday afternoon at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

Snider toured the 2.5-mile superspeedway in 47.763 seconds (188.430 mph) with the No. 21 TaxSlayer Chevrolet Camaro to capture his first pole position in any of NASCAR’s three national divisions.

It was also the third straight pole for RCR in the Xfinity Series at Daytona, dating back to 2019, as well as the sixth year in a row that a Richard Childress-owned car has been on pole for the Xfinity Series opener.

“The car was really fast and I felt like it was a good lap,” Snider told SPEED SPORT. “I thought it was as smooth as I’d ever been. I had a feeling it might’ve been a good lap, and it was. We’ve got a really fast TaxSlayer Chevy Camaro. Richard Childress Racing has brought a great piece this year.

“I’m glad I could keep the pole streak alive and I’m really stoked for today’s race.”

Though Snider has past Daytona experience in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, this will be his maiden voyage at the World Center of Racing as far as Xfinity Series competition is concerned.

Snider noted that the two series are totally different worlds.

“The last couple days have been interesting. I’ve gone to school, basically, because this is completely different from the Truck Series and how the Truck Series races,” he explained. “I’m just blessed for the opportunity to race at Richard Childress Racing. Richard actually came over and talked to me yesterday in practice, so that was a cool experience. He’s got a lot of advice and wisdom. We’ve got an insanely fast race car and I’m just so stoked to be with these guys. I can’t put it into words.

“I have learned there’s a lot you can do at a superspeedway as a driver to make your car better. You have to shift at the right points and you have to be smooth on the wheel,” added Snider. “I was half-a-lane higher than Annett. I know he was going to be the closest guy to challenge me, but I was about half-a-lane higher and I was letting the car do whatever it wanted.”

Annett will join Snider on the front row for Saturday afternoon’s race, after a lap of 47.817 seconds (188.218 mph) in the No. 1 Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports.

Justin Haley will start third (47.849/188.092) in a Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, followed by Jeb Burton and Joe Graf Jr. as the Bowtie Brigade locked out the front five starting positions.

A trio of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supras – Brandon Jones, Riley Herbst and Harrison Burton – timed in sixth through eighth, respectively, with Ryan Sieg’s Camaro and the Ford Mustang of Chase Briscoe completing the top 10.

While Haley put up a stellar lap for the Kaulig team, the qualifying session was disastrous for Matt Kaulig’s other two cars, as both Ross Chastain and AJ Allmendinger failed to qualify for the 36-car field.

Team president Chris Rice said the issue revolved around the both cars’ left front corners.

“It’s so strange, with both cars it was the same issue,” Rice told FS1. “It’s crazy that it happened, but it happened. We don’t know if it’s an issue with the hub or the brakes … but we’ll dig deep.

“We’re a strong team and we’ll bounce back from this.”

Thanks to a deal reached between Kaulig Racing and RSS Racing, Jeff Green – who originally qualified the No. 38 Chevrolet in 23rd place – will step out of that ride for Chastain to be able to compete.

Chastain is chasing the Xfinity Series championship this year, while Green is only running select races.

Officially after the driver swap, Allmendinger, Tommy Joe Martins and Colin Garrett failed to qualify.

The NASCAR Racing Experience 300 goes green at 2:30 p.m. ET, live on FS1, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

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